K-On! KyoAni-ficaton


Four panel manga けいおん! / K-On! (by Kakifly) is set to receive an anime adaptation, due to air in the spring, and handled by none other than Kyoto Animation.

Their usual illustrative style permeates the character design noticeably; above you see the original, below is the anime version:


As you might guess, guitars will feature.

A studio with a distinct visual style indeed. See also the earlier imagining of what a KyoAni Little Busters! might look like.

Clearly, they have better things to do than waste their time on minor franchises

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    Comment by JRZ
    07:52 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    as far as i know, A-1 Picture is working on the Valkyria Chronicles anime which is also scheduled to be released on April, but i still don't think KyoAni is doing K-On!. Looks too similar to Kannagi to me than their usual stuff.

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    Comment by Artefact

    I have some sources saying KyoAni, but if yours are better I'd like to hear so I can correct?

    Comment by Kaioshin Sama
    13:29 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Two questions. Are any of these sources official and can you post a link then?

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    Comment by Jarmel
    14:09 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea I'm not seeing this mentioned in the official places (atleast for English audiences such as ANN) so if you could post a source for this it would be much appreciated.

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    Comment by Quen
    15:26 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is not official.

    Speculation is mostly based on the fact that the designs thus shown supposedly appear to be done by Yukiko Horiguchi, an illustrator attached to Kyoto Animation (she was the art supervisor for Clannad, and Haruhi, and worked as a character designer on Lucky Star).

    Much of 2ch seems convinced, but it is still technically speculation.

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    Comment by Youko
    15:52 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I know Clannad's been broadcasting on TBS and BS-i since the first season, so there's the possibility. However, I can't really deny that it looks like Mima Kageru's style. Looks like we'll be guessing until confirmation hits.

    Comment by W-General
    13:42 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh I saw all kinds of rumors about this...personally I suspect it's not KyoAni but rather Yamakan (Yamamoto Yutaka) and A-1 Picture. This looks exactly like something he'd like to work on and was quite experienced with. Has the Kannagi style even

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Original looks nicer.

    Comment by blinx01
    00:44 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are they scared of doing Haruhi 2 or something because it might not live upto the ridiculous expectations people have, thus making their animation house look bad?
    Me thinks so if they'd rather waste time on stuff like this...

    Comment by alex1_phang3
    23:06 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This show officially had my support!!

    The style really suits the story, yeah I like guitar but I cant play it >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Every piece of news about Kyoto Animation leaves me in despair.

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    Comment by Vetus
    02:08 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've been dissapointed with them working on Munto TV (Munto OVA was AWFUL) instead on Lucky Star second season or Little Buster (which I hope they will made into anime since it's a very popular visual novel of Key, just like Clannad, Air and Kanon)...ok, even Haruhi (even if I find it overrated but I didn't mind watched it). But this anime looks very interesting.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    05:17 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    KyoAni eh? Will believe when it gets released

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 07/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there gonna be TTFAF?!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 17/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow so this is where the whole K-on thing started huh? Wow its almost sad how big it got and it ended poof.

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    Comment by unicogirl
    12:44 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish the animation and character design didn't look like Kannagi.

    It seems like Japanese animators have a hard time keeping design quality with frame rate. Kyo Ani sacrificed design quality and detail, to have smoother movements.

    It's nice to look at (very rotoscope-like) but it makes the characters look dull and colorless by comparison.

    The animated ending video. nice movement, but everyone looks so lifeless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:14 21/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't wait for the doujins.

    Comment by inuky2
    14:29 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what i really want to know is when they are gonna start making the series of Little Busters!

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    Comment by Tommy
    17:58 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will be looking forward for it.

    Comment by Firo
    22:53 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha, I've been waiting for this! ...Soon..!

    moe'd version of Detroit Metal City... lol!

    Comment by Iluna
    21:44 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More Dochibi style animation is a good thing.

    (And I'm the only one who really isn't giving much of a damn about Haruhi season 2)

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    Comment by Onsokumaru
    16:18 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact cares about KyoAni.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Posting something because it is interesting to me and because it is interesting to you are two different things...

    Comment by DeGrade
    17:08 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why so serious?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:12 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not?

    Comment by Kaioshin Sama
    16:58 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always suspected there was something a little extra then just the usual news reporting going on there with him and them.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    16:51 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol they really really hate Haruhi fans. Never before have I seen a studio just absolutely despise a franchise before. I'm starting to think Fall 2010 before we see crap. Screw you Kyo-Ani either announce the damn thing sometime soon or just say you have no interest in it, these half ass things are just pissing people off.

    Comment by Kaioshin Sama
    17:03 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyway, while on the hand I see no reason why Kyoani should be held hostage by the clammering of a certain subset of fans, on the other it seems like at this point they kind of owe a second season to Haruhi fans for teasing them this long.

    Comment by Discriminator
    16:16 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell yeah! I love Haruhi as much as the next guy, but I'm personally much more excited about this. Now if we could just get that damn Little Busters anime.

    Comment by Cerenado
    04:09 16/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same thoughts!
    Haruhi's great and all, but this seems very nice ^^
    Oh and yea, LB would be great too, wouldn't it? :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:09 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I first checked out the site during C75, the design seemed to scream "Kannagi" to me (still kinda looks like they pasted Zange-chan's face on to me).

    But KyoAni, eh...

    Well, I think it'll be a fun watch, and I know Kyoto Animation will do it well, although I, like some others, would prefer Haruhi 2 (if only because it feels like they've been holding it over our heads for the longest time).

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    15:18 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmmm I cant wait for all the dojinshi, i wanna see her do things with the guitar XD

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    Comment by zonic505
    09:54 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How far will the neck go up her lips between the hips?! Find out soon, when Rule 34 takes effect.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    12:39 07/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy crap that was funny as hell and exetremely ironic...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Shuu
    07:09 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But I'm sure she will play her guitar in the anime as well!

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    Comment by iapfah
    15:11 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of the few Spring shows I'm really looking forward to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am very excited for this anime and I'm sure it will be good, but I predict a big backlash from Haruhi fans.

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    Comment by Scotty
    15:39 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about Haru....

    You know what? I give up.
    Do whatever the hell you want KyoAni.
    Not like you haven't been doing so anyways.

    Comment by Siing
    16:07 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime art reminds me of Kannagi... A lot. Would have preferred JC staff to handle this one, but I fully expect KyoAni to do a good job of it.

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    Comment by zonic505
    03:23 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, that was the 1st thing I thought when I saw this. Reminds me of Tsugumi.

    Comment by Cerenado
    04:06 16/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So it wasn't only me!!
    The resemblance is quite astonishing huh?

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    Comment by ipood
    18:21 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah now you mention it, the face, hair and shading look practically the same.
    Girls with guitars are a bit of a fetish of mine, will surely watch this.

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    Comment by cubed2d
    15:59 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yay more KyoAni. like most of the internet, i am waiting for the next haruhi season, but i can wait, this looks lovly (although i prefer the original's skirt... pritty)

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    Comment by maru
    17:19 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    4get Haruhi. I'm so sick of fakes. K-on pl0x. Little busters is fine too.

    Comment by sung gyu
    17:20 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't care WHAT Kyotoani does, as long as they do it well, and so far, they haven't disappointed.

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    Comment by ipood
    18:24 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that they're teasing us with Haruhi2 for almost 2 years now.

    Comment by Rin-chan
    20:11 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rather..Where is Little Busters? T_T

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    Comment by metatron
    20:04 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey KyoAni...where's haruhi 2?

    Comment by KonaKona4
    20:23 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like a extra for Clannad

    Comment by Avisch
    21:32 19/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man, I would pay to see Kyoani fans rage if it was announced that:

    "Haruhi season 2 will be done by...........SHAFT"

    *rage ensues*

    I agree with Youko though. It looks more like A1 to me. But hell I could be wrong.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    14:07 20/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually that would be kinda interesting.

    Comment by Cat Megex
    03:31 21/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...That would actually be pretty cool.

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